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ERIC Number: ED521659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
National Literacy Trust Survey in Partnership with Nursery World: Investigating Communication, Language and Literacy Development in the Early Years Sector
Halden, Amanda; Clark, Christina; Lewis, Fiona
National Literacy Trust
In May 2011 "Nursery World" and the National Literacy Trust launched its language development survey to celebrate Hello; the national year of communication. The National Literacy Trust teamed up with "Nursery World" to carry out research into the sector's support for children's language and literacy development. Two hundred twenty one early years professionals participated in this survey, which was online from April to May 2011. When asked how many people work at their setting, the majority (35%) indicated they come from small settings with up to only 5 other colleagues. However, nearly a quarter indicated they worked with over 20 other people, while a fifth either worked in settings with 5 to 10 other people or with up to 20 other colleagues. The respondents that reported numbers of 100 children or more were mostly working in children's centres, meaning the numbers reported reflect the number of children that come through the centre in the course of a week. A third of the respondents were working in reception classes, nursery classes and nursery schools, meaning that the children they worked with were almost exclusively 3 and 4 year olds. Overall, professionals working in home settings appear to be more confident in identifying and supporting children with language difficulties than professional working in group settings. However, professionals working in group settings feel more confident in supporting children with English as an Additional Language than do professionals working in home settings. (Contains 8 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Scotland)